Coronavirus Update Video 2020

Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Coronavirus Update Video

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

Coronavirus Update Video





How can I help protect myself from a coronavirus?

The coronaviruses typically cause respiratory symptoms. So we recommend basic hand hygiene, such
as washing your hands with soap and water and respiratory hygiene, such as when you sneeze,
sneezing into your elbow.

Ways to protect yourself against a potential animal source would be to avoid unnecessary
unprotected contact with live animals and to make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after
contact with animals and also to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly before consuming.

Is there treatment?
There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, but symptoms can be treated.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Coronavirus Update Video

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.